Team CSC Saxo Bank Announced Results Internal Anti-Doping Programm

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04.07.2008/For the second time in its history Team CSC Saxo Bank is now making public the results from their anti-doping program, which is carried out in cooperation with Rasmus Damsgaard and Bispebjerg University Hospital. Over a 1000 tests have been taken from the riders since the introduction of the program in connection with the 2007 season and according to a press release of the Danish Pro-Tour team every single one of these tests have been negative.

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Bjarne Riis during today's press conference in Brest. ( Cyclingheroes)

The program, which has set the standard for UCI's so-called Biological Passport, has played a significant part in paving the way for the future fight against doping.

The blood profiles of the Team CSC Saxo Bank riders are being made public once again to underline the transparency and independence of the program as well as to document the team's wish to pioneer in the fight for a clean sport.

In short, Team CSC Saxo Bank's anti-doping program operates according to the following principles:

The program is one hundred percent independent and authorized and approved by the UCI, and it is both valuable as research and at the same time the tests also function as proper anti-doping tests with full legal validity.

All tests are performed unannounced and around 80% of the tests are done outside competition. The test results are sent directly from WADA accredited labs to the UCI and then to Bispebjerg University Hospital. In this way the team has no access to the results before they are collected and registered at Bispebjerg University Hospital.

The tests are carried out on the basis of the rider's so called "whereabouts" by two UCI certified units, The Swedish International Doping Test & Management and the German PWC ("Physical Work Control.") In the entire course of the program, there has been no examples of "missed tests" based on either incorrect "whereabouts" or failure to show.

"With the combination of very specific blood profiles based on unannounced tests throughout the entire year and the hundreds of follow-up tests we have the most extensive and thorough anti-doping program in existence. We have launched an extremely ambitious project and in reality all the riders at Team CSC Saxo Bank have had a valid Biological Passport for the last year. In this way the team and its riders have played a very important part in paving the way for the future fight against doping," says Rasmus Damsgaard, who is responsible for the program at Bispebjerg University Hospital.

"I'm extremely proud of our anti-doping program on behalf of both the team and the entire sport. It's crucial to us that everyone can see, that we have created a revolution within the fight against doping and I'm happy it's turned out to be an inspiration to others as well. I'm convinced that the cycling sport has a great future ahead of it and through initiatives such as ours we will be able to regain our credibility," announces team owner Bjarne Riis.

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